TV Tip / Resource: “The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister” – BBC2

24 March, 2010 at 1:16 pm 6 comments

No, I won’t let the BBC’s choice of titles for its programmes ruin my enjoyment. The upcoming drama about the life of Anne Lister is called “The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister”. Ok, ok, probably my fault that I think of Belle de Jour now, and I shouldn’t complain, seeing how they named their new drama about “the sex lives and love affairs of twenty-something lesbians living in contemporary Glasgow” – “Lip Service”. LIP SERVICE.  Head -> desk -> rinse -> repeat.

But back to Anne Lister:

“I love and only love the fairer sex and thus beloved by them in turn, my heart revolts from any love but theirs.”


Portrait of Anne Lister by Joshua Horner, ca. 1830

Anne Lister, 1791–1840, was a Yorkshire landowner, industrialist, traveller and diarist. She was also a lesbian who, despite needing to keep her orientation secret from society at large, defied the conventions of her times by living with her female lover.

I’m very excited that, for a change, focus of a period drama is on a lesbian character. Anne Lister is not the product of an author’s fantasy, but an actual historical personality, and this makes this twice as interesting. I don’t think we can really, from our modern point of view, fully appreciate how exceptional Anne Lister’s life and achievements were. Well done, BBC – I’m looking very much forward to this drama.

Maxine Peake stars in The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, a bold and passionate new drama for BBC Two, written by Jane English and directed by James Kent. Cast: Anna Madeley; Susan Lynch; Christine Bottomley; Gemma Jones; Dean Lennox Kelly and Tina O’Brien.

“The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister” is a 90-min. drama. No date available yet.

If you’d like to know more, here are some links:

Wikipedia on Anne Lister

Anne Lister on The Isle of Lesbos

Anne Lister on History to Herstory

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6 Comments Add your own

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  • 2. kath  |  2 June, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    shocked and disgusted. she was a predatory lesbian

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    • 3. Molly Joyful  |  2 June, 2010 at 9:03 pm

      She was a calculating and often manipulating person, and I found many of her actions very questionable. On the other hand, relationships in the 18th and 19th century were very much based on economic reasons rather than love; a wife wasn’t “companion for life” but most of the time additional land or money. She chose her partner from a business point of view. In that, she’s acted like most men would have acted back then.

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    • 4. joe  |  20 June, 2010 at 8:12 am

      why shocked if u go to any gay & lesbian club u see everyone is lookin for someone i wudnt say predatory i think see ad alot of guts to do and acheive wot she did in her times bein gay was a lot harder and not excepted r u gay by ur comment i must asume your not ?

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  • 5. shirley roberts  |  3 June, 2010 at 9:11 am

    It is true to say that Anne’s wit and sense of humour were best deployed in her adroit courtship of women. She sparkled in her chosen network of women friends and lovers. However, what she termed “that feverish dream called youth” could not last. Disappointments accumulated and Anne’s ambitions to rise in society and find a titled life-partner were curtailed by a down-to-earth realisation of her lack of prospects. She returned to her roots at Shibden Hall and took on the responsibilities of running the estate

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  • 6. 2010 in review « Joyful Molly  |  2 January, 2011 at 10:49 am

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